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  • Recommended by Bullet Magnet
  • Uses comedy and drama while maintaining the core personalities of the characters. The stories Because and Beautiful Dreamer are a good two-for. Defeated has an ending that needs to be read. Has 22 stories based on Love Hina.


  • Recommended by amamoto
  • The author using of AU divergence (ie Keiichi dying young in one instance and then him and Kanako being about the same age as Sara after his reincarnation/second chance) for Kid!Keitaro is a real treat for anyone who stumbles across. Blends Heartwarming, Awesome, and Tearjerker moments to a very satisfying series of works. Currently at 3 fics for kid keitaro and also to note are his other two fics Sempai, my Saviour, and Ancestor.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Contract Labor by Greydon Creed

  • Recommended by Kumorigoe, Sentinel 090
  • Status: Dormant; last updated April 2019
  • Synopsis: Keitaro comes to manage the Hinata with quite a bit more assertiveness than in the original. Not to mention just a bit of baggage regarding an incident on an expedition in Roanpur. This fic is a divergence, and though the concept could have turned Keitaro into a Marty Stu, the author skillfully avoids the mistakes that many others have made. Ongoing, with fairly frequent updates.
  • Comments: Though the updates have become less frequent, the fic is still alive and has entered the Roanapur arc with the publishing of chapter 38, as of July 22, 2013.
    • The story is averaging a new chapter every month or so and as of January 30th is at Chapter 60.
      • Now has a page here.

Life After Molmol, Book One: Sisters At War by Gojirob

  • Recommended by T-bone61
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the series' final adventure, the ladies of the Hinata-Sou are at odds not with Keitaro, but each other. Things let go or once forgotten will be hashed out, and feelings of betrayal abound. The next part of their lives begins. Canon-based, Kei/Naru.

Changed by Garasu

  • Recommended by Sackett
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A decent Missing Scene fic from when Keitaro came back dressed in Motoko's dress.

Love Hina Next by Kouji Tamino

  • Recommended by Ivlivs
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Yamato 'Shima' Urashima, son of Keitaro and Naru, becomes the new manager of the Hinata House.

Keitaro the Savant by GlazedAndConfused

  • Recommended by Ivlivs
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Keitaro is an autistic savant charged with running the Hinata House.

Healing Hearts by riderofdragons

  • Recommended by Shadic The Hedgehog
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A month after the adventure in the Kingdom of Molmol, Shinobu, returning from a shopping trip, is accosted by a gang known to have beaten and raped a woman when she is saved by a mysterious man who calls himself "Noman." Not long after, the Hinata-sou gains two new tenants: a young girl and her older brother. Their presence brings forth problems from a clan of ninjas determined to start up an old feud...

Stability by Random 1377

  • Recommended by Akira_Miyamoto
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Something strange is going on at Hinata House...

That Darned Cat by Tezza 1502

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Keitaro acquires a pet cat that does NOT take kindly to its master being attacked.

Love Hina: Flight of the Hornet by Doctor-T

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One scorching mid-summer's day, an unusual visitor wanders into the Hinata Apartments, to find the goings on inside even much hot and heavy than he could have ever imagined - and more dangerous. Curious? Read on!
  • Comments: Has a sequel here, and a sidestory here.

Prince of PolPol by Innortal

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Keitaro had always wondered how his life would end. Would you believe it would end with him as a Prince. Welcome to the Ronin's Hell, as he discovers he is now heir to the throne of a kingdom that was at war with MolMol, and ends up married to all the Hinata residents - and their crazed libidos.

Reunion by hawker-748

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Is parting always a sweet sorrow...?

Crossover Fics

For His Own Sake by karndragon (Direct link.)

An Alternate Keitaro Urashima by karndragon (Direct link.)

  • Recommended by: Kid3t3rnity
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: An alternate, more realistic take on what Keitaro's life would be if he did not obsess over and moved on from his childhood promise with Naru and Mutsumi, and reacting in a way any normal person would at the antics of the Hinata Inn residents. Also includes characters from Great Teacher Onizuka.

Hajime no Keitaro by Cizzymac

  • Recommended by exewon
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Love Hina Hajime no Ippo crossover! Keitaro, tired of feeling abused and unconfident, meets a group of professional boxers that may have a solution. But the road is hard, and paved with pain. Can Keitaro reach his goals? Rated for language and violence.

Love Hina Double Trouble by Kamen Rider Chrome and Ten-Faced Paladin (Direct link)

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What if Keitaro was Philip's partner instead of Shotaro? When the half-and-half detectives are called in by their grandmother to look after the Hinata-Sou, they must soon work with their female tenants to solve the mystery behind the Dopant crimes in their city, and find the organization responsible.

The Loneliness of Urashima Keitaro by Terdwilicker

  • Recommended by Virusir
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: Keitaro gets punched by Naru one time too many and withdraws into himself in despair. Can success in life lead him into a better life or will cutting himself off from human companionship make him a shell of a man?
  • Pairing(s): Keitaro/Mutsumi.
  • Comments: A one-shot crossover of Haruhi Suzumiya and Love Hina. Found only on

The Beast That I Am by Orion Pax 09. Direct link

  • Recommended by The Otaku Ninja
  • Status: Dormant. Though the author is still active, they haven't updated the story since Aug 6, 2018.
  • Synopsis: Every time Shinobu watched Keitaro getting abused, something in her ached to do something to protect him. To stop his tormentors. And to make him see her as something more than a shy little girl. Rating may change. Naru-bashing.
  • Comments: If you're like me and hate how Keitaro is treated in the show... then look no further than this, especially when it becomes clear just what this fic is crossed over with...

Promises of a Wandering Hero by Neoalfa (TV Tropes page)

  • Recommended by Nitramy
  • Status: In progress.
  • Synopsis: He promised to be a Hero capable of saving everyone. But before that he made other promises he can't remember under a different name. How will Shirou react when he finds his lost past?
  • Comments: What if Urashima Keitaro was in Fuyuki on the day of the fire? What if he was raised as Emiya Shirou? What if his birth relatives found him several years after the War? The answer: this story, and as it unfolds, watch general awesomeness and Character Development happen.

Only A Wish Away by mnementh2000

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Two hearts yearn for love and attention. One thinks they have it, the other knows who has their devotion. So close, yet so far, who will help them, and what are the consequences of their actions?
  • Comments: A crossover with Ah! My Goddess

A new lease on life by missing nin

Keitaro's Bizarre Inn by The Swordslinger

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One-shot. When you have a powerful spirit which main job is to keep you safe, do you actually fear a group of violent girls? One Keitaro Urashima and his Stand, Judas Priest, already know the answer. Without much to fear, he just wants to enjoy a nice vacation and relax, even if it's easier said than done.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Justice for All by Earl Colby Pottinger

  • Recommended by Sackett
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing: Keitaro/Naru (UST)
  • Synopsis: A traditional "The girls wise up to how nice Keitaro really is" story, but without overdoing it like most do; also contains the twist that, apparently, the Universe hates True Love, as Keitaro still can't get a date to go right with Naru. Naru is not depicted as evil or bad for Keitaro- rather the Universe is apparently out to get them.

Loss and Redemption and Aftermath: Loss and Redemption 2, by Hawker_748 (Worksafe, but see Comments)

  • Recommended by Chuckg
  • Status: Loss And Redemption is complete. Aftermath is not, and appears to be abandoned after chapter 6. Still worth reading, though.
  • Pairing: Keitaro/Motoko
  • Synopsis: The plot is a 'What if Tsuruko actually forced Keitaro and Motoko to get married', but its very touchingly handled and well-characterized. The second story, 'Aftermath', picks up shortly after the first, as the now-happily-and-for-real married couple deals with handling the fallout with the rest of the Hinata Inn residents, the arrival of Kanako (who is just a bit Yandere in this one), Motoko's pregnancy, and other plot complications. Very nice WAFF moments whenever Keitaro & Motoko are being a happily married couple, later on. Although its not that easy at first...

Last Dance With Shinobu-chan by Project Pegasus

  • Recommended by Pregnant Hannah Montana
  • Status: Complete.
  • Pairing: Keitaro/Shinobu
  • Synopsis: A classic, perhaps the definitive, Keitaro and Shinobu fan fic. Shinobu's request that Keitaro accompany her to her school prom has widespread consequences. The story is heavy on the angst and symbolism, but the sharp character deconstruction manages to remain in the foreground.

In Search of her Place by riderofdragons

  • Recommended by Shadic The Hedgehog
  • Status: Complete.
  • Pairing: Keitaro/Kanako
  • Synopsis: "Kanako has always been a bit different from others, but no one seems to know why, not even Kanako herself. The answers are about to fall into her lap, but is she ready for them?"

Love Hina: A Friend in Need by Tezza 1502

  • Recommended by Weird Beard, Sithking Zero
  • Status: Complete.
  • Pairing: Keitaro/Kitsune
  • Synopsis: "Kitsune notices Keitaro return from a flight courtesy of Naruair looking physically and mentally the worse for wear, and decides to take an interest in his wellbeing. That decision has repercussions far beyond their wildest imaginings."


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